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The City of Melissa is not alone in exercising our right to pass through these charges to our customers. An increasing number of cities (and other public entities) have seen the number of customers paying fees for service by credit/debit card increasing to the point that the levied processing charges are becoming quite excessive too much to just absorb. With legislation enacted by the State of Texas in the last decade authorizing passing this fee along, many have made the determination to assess a ’convenience fee’ or pass through these charges to the customer.
View the Texas State Local Government Code that gives the legal authorization for payment of fees and other costs by credit card or electronic means in municipalities and counties, as well as the City of Melissa Ordinance authorizing the collection of said fees:
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Payments made through the Interactive Voice Response/IVR or online payment portal are assessed a $1.25 system maintenance fee plus a 2.8% credit card processing fee per transaction.
If you prefer not to pay a ’system maintenance fee’ there are a number of self-serve payment methods available to you: